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Dreaming out Loud: Garth Brooks, Wynonna Judd, Wade Hayes and the Changing Face of Nashville Paperback – 30 Apr 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (30 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380794705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380794706
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,077,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Reading this is like going backstage." -- Chicago Tribune

"Penetrating and insightful...Bruce Feiler's DREAMING OUT LOUD details the ins and outs of Nashville."--Elvis Mitchell, New York Times

"One of the best books about country music to appear in years."--Chet Flippo, Billboard

"Reading this is like going backstage."--Chicago Tribune

Penetrating and insightful...Bruce Feiler s DREAMING OUT LOUD details the ins and outs of Nashville. --Elvis Mitchell, New York Times"

Reading this is like going backstage. --Chicago Tribune"

One of the best books about country music to appear in years. --Chet Flippo, Billboard"

About the Author

Bruce Feiler is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Abraham, Where God Was Born, America's Prophet, The Council of Dads, and The Secrets of Happy Families. He is a columnist for the New York Times, a popular lecturer, and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and twin daughters.

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Format: Hardcover
O.k. here goes. I thought this book was tremendously captivating and informative. It shows a different side of two of the more super-superstars and also the hard knocks that a newcomer faces in the music business via Wade Hayes. I almost didn't read this book, simply because the artists had spoken out so much about how they didn't recommend it and did not approve of it. But, I think that every true fan of country music and even those who don't care for it so much, will get alot of useful and entertaining information from it. Alot of the outerworkings of the business, as well as behind the scenes accounts of the tabloids were what I believe to be the best part of the book. I am a dedicated Wynonna fan and after reading this book, have found that many things that were confusing before reading it, are not so confusing now: Strains between the Judds when they said everything was fine, about Wynonna's biological father, her suicide attempt after Naomi threw her out of the house. All very interesting reading and seems to have a "truth" ring to it.
However, I do advise that this book does have a sensational aspect to it. Feiler covers Garth Brooks and Wynonna at times that were tumultuous and very busy for the performers. But, it does give those who know very little about the business aspect of the music business, an insiders view on the workings of such.
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Format: Hardcover
Here is an author who admits that he shook the Georgia manure off his shoes to head for the sophisticated world. Now the great lure of money calls him back to his "roots."
He uses Minnie Pearl as an example of Country gone uptown. Sarah Cannon began life as an aristicrat. She was always accepted in polite society. She is totally atypical.
And there is the oft-repeated misconception that commercial Country music was born in the South. Mr. Feiler even says the first radio barn dance was broadcast from WLS, Chicago. Since it didn't fit his premise, he ignores that fact that Chicago isn't too far south.
True, Country music is middle and poor class music. The farmers (agrarians to Mr. Feiler), factory workers, and laborers found joy in this music. The sons and daughters of these people find joy in it now. Only, like my farmer father's children, they work in white collar jobs. Their increased sophistication shows in the music.
The discussion of th! e music business is acute and insightful. The coverage is fair. But reviewing the course of the music by focusing on Nashville is like focusing on politics by focusing on Washington, D.C. The view is myopic and distorted.
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Format: Paperback
Growing up in Mississippi, I heard my share of country music, though I was much more a top 40 and rock and roll fan. I ended up working in radio (album rock radio) during the country-rock era (Charlie Daniels, Poco, Marshall Tucker, John Prine, etc.) and one of my favorite albums (that's how long ago this was) was the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will The Circle Be Unbroken." So, while I can't say I'm an old time Hank Williams fan, I do have a fondness and familiarty with the music. But it turns out I didn't know that much about the music. Thankfully, Bruce Feiler has filled in all the blanks for me. His research is thorough and he weaves it seamlessly into the stories he has to tell on three good examples of Nashville in the '90's. It's a terrific mix of music history, market analysis, anecdote, and observation.
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Format: Hardcover
Although Garth Brooks, Wynonna and Wade Hayes are featured in the title of this book, the real key figure is the business that is country music, particularly in Nashville. Feiler uses these three artists as a jumping off point for a sometimes seemingly tangential look at the origins and growth of country music and its effects on pop culture, the city of Nashville and the music industry in general. For true country music fans, as well as those interested in the sociology of music, it is a must read. It sometimes feels a little intense, but it is a well-written tome. Unlike a recent predecessor, it does not aim to be an "inside scoop" on the stars, and is not as eager to highlight flaws. Feiler's writing appears much more objective.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a must-read for anyone who has noticed the difference between "new" and "old" country. It's not just hillbilly any more, and with its growth in appeal it has lost something in the process. Feiler has that rare combination of a professional writer's skill and an insider's knowledge.
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